Gabriela Sabatini
Tennis player
Gabriela Sabatini
Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini is a former professional Argentine tennis player. She was one of the leading players on the women's circuit in the late-1980s and early-1990s. She won the women's singles title at the US Open in 1990, the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988, two Year-End Championships in 1988 and 1994, and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.
Biography
Gabriela Sabatini's personal information overview.
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Steffi Graf confident her '88 'Golden Slam' can be repeated
Yahoo News - 7 months
Steffi Graf says it is just a matter of time before a current star repeats her unique achievement of winning the four Grand Slams and Olympic gold in a single season. As a 19-year-old, Graf made history by becoming the only player to win all four majors, plus Olympic gold, a feat dubbed the 'Golden Slam', when she beat Gabriela Sabatini in the final of the 1988 Seoul games. Having retired in 1999, aged 30, with 22 Grand Slam titles to her name, Graf, now 47, is in Rio de Janeiro to see if Andy Murray and Serena Williams can defend the respective Olympic titles they won four years ago in London.
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At Clinic for Young Players, Graf Emphasizes the Fun - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
One of her most impressive fortnights at Flushing Meadows was in 1988 when she lost only 13 games in her first five matches (excluding a walkover) and then defeated Gabriela Sabatini in the final, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Asked about the play at this year's
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Capriati and Bollettieri Among Nominees for Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Long Island Tennis Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
In her first season on the WTA Tour, Capriati reached the finals of two of her first three pro events, losing to Hall of Famers Gabriela Sabatini and Martina Navratilova. That same year, she made her Grand Slam debut at the French Open, advancing to
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US Open History for September 5 - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
5, and wraps up at 1:35 am on Monday, Sept. 6. That makes it the fifth-latest finish in recorded US Open history, and the latest ever for a women's match, eclipsing the 1:30 am completion of Gabriela Sabatini's victory over Beverly Bowes in 1987
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AP Sportlight - Kitsap Sun
Google News - over 5 years
1990 — Gabriela Sabatini prevents Steffi Graf from winning her third consecutive Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory in the US Open. 1998 — Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris' 37-year-old home run record, lining historic No
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US Open 2011 - US Open History on September 2 - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
1987 – Gabriela Sabatini finishes her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Beverly Bowes at 1:30 am and is asked if she felt worried about starting her match just after midnight. Says Sabatini, “I wasn't worried when I saw Beverly sleeping in the Players' Lounge
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Past Champions - CBC.ca
Google News - over 5 years
... Monica Seles Pam Shriver & Natalia Zvereva 1990 Gabriela Sabatini Gigi Fernandez & Martina Navratilova 1989 Steffi Graf Hana Mandlikova & Martina Navratilova 1988 Steffi Graf Gigi Fernandez & Robin White 1987 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova
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Six women seeking first Slam singles title - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
... in the case of Sabatini, her only Slam singles title) at the US Open: Clijsters (2005), Svetlana Kuznetsova (2004), Serena Williams (1999), Lindsay Davenport (1998), Gabriela Sabatini (1990), Tracy Austin (1979) and Virginia Wade (1968)
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ItsHot.com: Exhibit Your Elegance and Charm Through Diamond Tennis Bracelets - Your-Story.org (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
It has quite become a trend to wear Diamond Tennis Bracelet by tennis stars and the trend has been well taken forward by tennis stars like Serena Williams, Gabriela Sabatini, followed by many more. A perfect gift for the special person in your life,
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Japonka Date-Krumm se še ne da - Planet
Google News - over 5 years
Takrat je bila Kimko 4. nosilka turnirja, premagala pa je velika imena tistega časa kot so Gabriela Sabatini, ko je bila od nje boljša v četrtfinalu, v polfinalu je premagala Conchito Martinez, v finalu pa se je srečala s Španko Arantxo Sanchez-Vicario
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MegaTV and ESPN Deportes Secure Multimedia Agreement - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
This Saturday, July 30th "Clasicos de ESPN Deportes" will feature the 10th Edition of "Billabong Big Wave Challenge" from 6 pm- 7 pm, followed by "ESPN Perfiles: Gabriela Sabatini", and "ESPN Perfiles: Ronaldihno Gaucho" from 7 pm- 8 pm, and later "Big
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Qué les regalaron a Gago y Dulko - Perfil.com
Google News - over 5 years
Dos ejemplos, dos extremos: Gabriela Sabatini se portó y desembolsó 1300 pesos por un mueble para el LCD, mientras que Ernesto Tito Bessone fue un poco más austero y pagó 159 pesos por un teléfono inalámbrico. Si bien los novios realizaron una lista y
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General Counsel Profile: Jeffery Zinn - Daily Record (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
And, he enjoyed meeting such world-famous athletes as tennis stars Gabriela Sabatini and Mark Philippousis. Wishing to broaden his experience, Zinn joined the Baltimore office of Venable, where he had the good fortune to work with Emried Cole,
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J.Lo's birthday weekend - MiamiHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
Also in the house: R&B heavyweight Ne-Yo and Udonis Haslem, who had a private party in the club's penthouse. On Saturday night, tennis pro Gabriela Sabatini dined with three friends at db Bistro Moderne in the JW Marriott Marquis
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gabriela Sabatini
    THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 35
    She works on campaigns for UNICEF, UNESCO and the Special Olympics, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Sabatini's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher is as follows: Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.
    Sabatini was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on 15 July 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 32
    On 22 May 2003, Sabatini was able to obtain Italian citizenship "jus sanguinis", because her paternal great-grandfather David Sabbatini was born in Potenza Picena in the Marche region, and emigrated to Argentina at the end of the nineteenth century, like many other Santesi, in Roldán, in the Province of Santa Fe, with his wife Rosa Vivani, married on February 12, 1899 in Potenza Picena.
    More Details Hide Details To date, Sabatini is unmarried and has no children. Nowdays, she resides in Buenos Aires and Boca Raton. She keeps very close to her kins, especially her nieces. Since retiring at the age of 26, Sabatini has promoted her lines of perfumes and worked with organizations to help children and the poor.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    In 2001 she won the Diamond Konex Award as the most relevant Sportman of the decade in Argentina.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 25
    Sabatini retired from the professional tour in 1996, having won 27 singles titles and 14 doubles titles.
    More Details Hide Details She reached her highest ranking of World No. 3 in 1989.
    Sabatini played her last professional match on 19 October 1996, in the doubles semifinals in Zürich with Lori McNeil.
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    Sabatini's last professional singles match was on 14 October 1996, when she lost to Jennifer Capriati 6–3, 6–4. (Capriati's first loss on the WTA tour was to Sabatini in 1990).
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  • 1995
    Age 24
    At the 1995 French Open, Sabatini looked to put that memory behind her when she faced second seeded Steffi Graf in the quarterfinals.
    More Details Hide Details However, Graf proved too strong for Sabatini and won in straight sets. Later that summer at Wimbledon, Sabatini, seeded 8th, lost to defending champion and third-seeded Conchita Martínez of Spain in the quarterfinals. Martínez had clearly turned the tables against Sabatini in their rivalry, beating Sabatini four out of their last five meetings. At the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, Sabatini beat Martina Hingis in the round of 16. She then defeated Mary Joe Fernández in the quarterfinals before losing to top-seeded Graf. With the victory, Graf had now got the best of Sabatini in eight consecutive matches. The match against Graf also marked the 40th and final time the two would meet since their rivalry began in 1985, with Graf winning 29 of the matches.
    At the 1995 Australian Open, Sabatini, seeded 5th, was dismissed by Marianne Werdel in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details In the semifinals of the Lipton Championships in Key Biscayne, Sabatini was leading Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 5-1. Sabatini then squandered three match points and double faulted 18 times, as Date rallied to beat Sabatini, 1–6, 7–6, 7–6. It turned out to be a repeat performance of the 1993 French Open quarterfinals, where Sabatini lost an identical lead of 6-1, 5-1 against Mary Joe Fernández.
  • 1994
    Age 23
    At the 1994 Sydney tournament, Fernández put Sabatini away in straight sets in a semifinal encounter.
    More Details Hide Details This time, Sabatini won in straight sets, snapping a three match losing streak against Mary Joe. She then defeated Lindsay Davenport in the final in two sets, the last singles title of Sabatini's career.
    Also in 1994, the Great American Doll Company created a doll in Sabatini's likeness, dressed in tennis clothes.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Sabatini published a motivational book entitled My Story (ISBN 1-886612-00-5) http://www.amazon.com/dp/1886612005/, providing a look at her background and the inspirations that led her to become a tennis player. Sabatini started the 1995 season by reaching the semifinals in Sydney, where she faced Mary Joe Fernández in what was a rematch of the previous year.
    Sabatini finally brought her winless streak to an end in November, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the final of the 1994 WTA Tour Championships.
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    At the 1994 Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, Sabatini reached her first singles final in nearly a year, as she faced Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.
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  • 1993
    Age 22
    It was also a rematch of the 1993 Bausch & Lomb final, where Sánchez Vicario disposed of Sabatini.
    More Details Hide Details One year later, both players were looking to end streaks without a singles title: Sabatini was winless in 32 consecutive tournaments while Sánchez Vicario's streak had reached 15 tournaments. This time around Sánchez Vicario beat Sabatini in convincing fashion for the sixth time in their last seven meetings.
    At the 1993 US Open, Sabatini had hoped to end the year on a high note, but she would first have to get past Graf in the quarterfinals.
    More Details Hide Details In their four previous meetings, Graf had beaten Sabatini, but Sabatini looked to change those recent results. After losing the first set 2–6, Sabatini raised the level of her game in the second set, winning 7–5 to even the match at one set apiece. However, in the third and deciding set, Graf dismantled Sabatini 6–1 to win the match. Sabatini was the only player to abstain from voting against Seles having her ranking preserved following her stabbing. After winning five tournaments in 1992, Sabatini had a 29-month drought in which she failed to win a title.
    Despite the setback at the French Open, Sabatini reached the quarterfinals at 1993 Wimbledon, facing Jana Novotná, a player she had beaten in six consecutive matches.
    More Details Hide Details But this time Novotná defeated Sabatini in straight sets.
    At the start of the 1993 season, Sabatini continued to advance deep into Grand Slam singles events.
    More Details Hide Details At the Australian Open of that year, she reached the semifinals but lost to eventual champion Seles 2–6, 1–6. Later that year, at the French Open, Sabatini was defeated by Fernández in a quarterfinal clash. Sabatini had raced out to a commanding 6–1, 5–1 lead and appeared poised for the easy victory. However, Mary Joe saved five match points en route to winning a second set tiebreak. Finally, after 3 and a half hours, Fernández eliminated Sabatini by a final score of 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    At the 1992 US Open, Sabatini lost once again to Fernández in the Quarterfinals, 2–6, 6–1, 4–6.
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    At the 1992 French Open, Sabatini lost a tight match against Seles in the semifinals.
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    At the 1992 Australian Open, Sabatini lost to Mary Joe Fernández in the semifinals, 6–1, 6–4.
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    Although winning 5 tournaments in 1992, Sabatini failed to reach a Grand Slam Final.
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  • 1991
    Age 20
    But, unlike their 1991 Championship match, Graf beat Sabatini easily 6–3, 6–3.
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    Sabatini came close to attaining the World No. 1 ranking in 1991, but was narrowly denied by Graf and then by Monica Seles.
    More Details Hide Details All three players' rankings were within a few points of each other for much of the year.
    Sabatini had a strong start to 1991, winning five tournaments in the first half of the year.
    More Details Hide Details She reached her third Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon and yet again faced Graf who prevailed in three sets, despite the fact that Sabatini served for the match on more than one occasion.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1990
    Age 19
    Sabatini's next Grand Slam singles final came in 1990, where she again faced Graf in the final of the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details Sabatini beat Graf in two sets. She also beat Graf in a semifinal of the WTA Tour Championships but lost the final to Monica Seles in the event's first-ever five-set final 6–4, 5–7, 3–6, 6–4, 6–2.
    She won the women's singles title at the US Open in 1990, the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988, two Year-End Championships in 1988 and 1994, and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games.
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  • 1989
    Age 18
    Her signature scent debuted in 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 17
    She also won 1988's year-end WTA Tour Championships.
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    Sabatini was selected to represent Argentina in the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul.
    More Details Hide Details She also carried the country's flag in the opening ceremony. She went on to win the silver medal in the women's singles competition. In the final, she again faced Graf, who was bidding to turn her Grand Slam into what the media had dubbed a "Golden Slam". Graf won 6–3, 6–3. Sabatini teamed-up with Graf to win the women's doubles title at Wimbledon that year.
    In 1988, Sabatini reached her first Grand Slam singles final at the US Open.
    More Details Hide Details She faced Germany's Steffi Graf, who had won the three previous Grand Slam singles events that year and was looking to win a fourth. Graf won the match in three sets.
  • 1985
    Age 14
    In 1985, aged 15 years and three weeks, Sabatini became one of the youngest-ever players to reach the semifinals at the French Open, where she lost to Chris Evert.
    More Details Hide Details She won her first top-level singles title later that year in Tokyo.
  • 1984
    Age 13
    She won six major international junior titles, including the French Open girls' singles, and was ranked the World No. 1 junior player in 1984.
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  • 1983
    Age 12
    In 1983, age 13, she became the youngest player to win the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Sabatini was born 16 May 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to parents Osvaldo and Beatriz Garofalo Sabatini.
    More Details Hide Details She has an elder brother. Her father is an executive in General Motors. Sabatini said that she deliberately lost matches in her youth to avoid reporters and limelights. She made this claim when she was 43, saying her shyness was a major problem and she thought she had to speak after winning a tournament, so she often lost in semifinals. Sabatini first came to the tennis world's attention as a junior. She started playing tennis at the age of 6, and won her first tournament at age 8.
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